Viberg has been producing quality footwear in Canada since the early 1930’s. Since then, the design philosophy has remained relatively unchanged; to handcraft functional pieces meant to endure the rigors of manual labour and only reveal their true character with extended wear. Today the brand has evolved in producing a varied collection of lifestyle silhouettes along with reproductions of archival classics.
We followed up with creative director- Brett Viberg at his Victoria based factory to discuss his affinity for vintage footwear and clothing and how his own extensive personal collection serves as inspiration and a reminder to stay true to his roots.
Brett's collection of vintage books and magazines, including these rare reference materials salvaged from a closed American shoe factory. Most books like these were destroyed or thrown away when factories across the country were shut down, these serve as invaluable tools for inspiration and preservation of the trade.
The Viberg factory maintains a vast collection of vintage and deadstock boots ranging from their own designs to WWI and WWII models from a variety of countries. The boots are actively used as both inspiration and construction reference for contemporary models.